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Comfortable and confident, every step of the way

by: Gerda Jacobs

Gerda Jacobs is a 62-year-old Dutch woman who had had problems with her gums since childhood. Last year she underwent a procedure with four zygoma implants that has changed her life. This is her first-hand story.

Making decisions together. "I virtually became a part of the team," says Gerda Jacobs, seen here with Dr. Luc Vrielinck.

Seeking treatment

Over the years, I learned to live with a removable denture, which worked fine until recently. I started to get frequent infections and found myself in considerable pain when eating even simple foods, like toast. My gums were easily bruised and they were often swollen. It became impossible to brush my teeth without bleeding.

My dentist diagnosed me with severe periodontitis and referred me to Dr. Vrielinck. With the help of 3D imaging, he explained every detail of the implant-based treatment he was proposing and what other treatment options were available for me.

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Feeling complete again

I chose the fixed denture option because I wanted to be presentable to my surroundings and to be able to communicate properly. Both are important to me.

Working together with Dr. Tom De Wit, who ultimately fitted the prosthesis, Dr. Vrielinck did a marvelous job. Shortly after surgery, I had a fixed bridge in place. I can now speak clearly and feel much more confident interacting with people.

I’m getting older and I don’t want to have to cope with major dental issues later in life. Taking this step at my age means that I should be able to avoid many potential problems in the future, and for now: I couldn’t be more pleased with the results! 

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